Hollywood producer sentenced to 5 years in prison for running international prostitution ring

"For years, Dillon Jordan operated an extensive and far-reaching prostitution business," said Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss.

Dillon Jordan, founder of production company PaperChase Films and executive producer of films starring Chris Pratt and Maggie Gyllenhaal, was sentenced to serve a maximum of five years in prison on Thursday for pimping out women to other producers, actors, and Hollywood elite.

According to a Deadline report, Jordan, 50, made at least $1.4 million from his international prostitution ring from 2010-2017, laundering money through the production company behind the 2018 movie "The Kindergarten Teacher" with Gyllenhaal, and "The Kid" starring Pratt and Ethan Hawke in 2019, as well as a shadow "event planning" company.

Prosecutors said that several "well-known producers" whom Jordan collaborated with on movies were also clients of his prostitution ring, including one person unnamed in court documents who invested $250,000 in his companies, reported the New York Post.

They also claimed that the Hollywood producer provided women to clients for up to $15,000  and organized sex parties in the US as well as internationally, and that he also used the aliases "Daniel Jordan, Daniel Maurice Hatton, and Daniel Bohler."

In July 2021, Jordan was arrested in San Bernardino County, California and indicted in the Southern District of New York. In a press release, the US Attorney's office announced that he had been charged with conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, a federal law that criminalizes the transportation of "any woman or girl for the purpose of prostitution or debauchery, or for any other immoral purpose."

They also charged him with Travel Act violations, and money laundering in connection with operating his prostitution business and laundering the proceeds through two front companies – "a purported party and event planning company and an actual movie production company." 

After his arrest, Manhattan US Attorney Audrey Strauss said: "As alleged, for years, Dillon Jordan operated an extensive and far-reaching prostitution business, using a purported event planning company and a movie production company to conceal the proceeds he made from exploiting women.  Now the party is over and the film is a wrap."

In their sentencing submission, prosecutors brought up statements from several of Jordan's victims, who claimed to have been involuntarily pumped with drugs and alcohol and sex trafficked.

The Post reported that one woman claimed to investigators that she met Jordan in Las Vegas when she was just 18 years old, who got her drunk and high before taking her to a hotel room where he had her have sex with a man who paid $3,000.

The prosecutors found that Jordan pocketed about 40 percent of the fee for the illegal sex encounters.

Later in that night, Jordan brought the same teen to a party where he had her "undress and walked her around on a leash, crawling on her hands and knees," prosecutors said. 

"The defendant made comments about how young Victim-1 was, such as 'Look, she is barely 18!' and pointing to her bedazzled Hello Kitty phone case, which she was carrying," they added. 

At the party, prosecutors said that the movie producer took her to meet an unidentified actor, who then brought the young woman to his California home where he raped her and forced her to have sex with other women over multiple days.

"I remember feeling scared out of my mind as my eyes rattled back and forth in my head from the drugs you had quite literally pushed into my mouth," the woman wrote in a victim statement.

"You separated me from reality, made me question my self-worth, and long after this was all over, I still feel the shame and regret and self-doubt," she added. 

Prosecutors also said that Jordan organized at least 11 sex parties between 2011 and 2014 both in and out of the US, where he supplied the prostitutes — of which some were being trafficked involuntarily.

Despite the horrendous allegations, Jordan was only sentenced to the maximum of five years after pleading guilty in September to conspiracy to violate the Mann Act. While he originally faced decades in prison for that slew of charges, he reached a plea deal last year, reported the Los Angeles Times.

Judge John Cronan, who handed down the sentence, told the offender that he would have given him a harsher sentence if it was permissible.

"For years, the defendant operated and profited from an extensive prostitution business that catered to wealthy men and was predicated on the exploitation of young women," US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement. 

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